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Old 09-16-2015, 03:05 PM   #151
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Re: Anybody here knows what happened to Ellix Powers?

If the passing is confirmed, maybe a Mod can add "RIP" to the thread title or something like that.
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Old 09-16-2015, 03:55 PM   #152
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXGVfOT5FoE

2:10 in.

Hennigan--"He's good for poker."

McManus-- "How is it good?"

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Old 09-17-2015, 12:44 AM   #153
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Yes, confirmed.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:44 AM   #154
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Old 09-18-2015, 12:29 AM   #155
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Re: Anybody here knows what happened to Ellix Powers?

I can confirm that Ellix Powers has passed. I was called by a mutual friend last Sunday. After his run at the WSOP and the TV broadcast, I met him at Hollywood Park in late 2004.
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Old 09-18-2015, 06:18 PM   #156
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Re: Anybody here knows what happened to Ellix Powers?

It is a testament that we are still interested in him. A true character and rogue. One of the last of the Mohicans. In an age of hoodie wearing silent poker drones devoid of personality we bid farewell to a poker character from the old school.

Good night Mr. Powers. May you rest in peace.
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Old 09-18-2015, 07:28 PM   #157
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Re: Anybody here knows what happened to Ellix Powers?

If anyone has more stories about Ellix, no mattah' how pointless they seem, please post. RIP Ellix.
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Old 09-18-2015, 08:43 PM   #158
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If anyone has more stories about Ellix, no mattah' how pointless they seem, please post. RIP Ellix.
Alright, I played some LHE cash with him at the WSOP a few years after his ESPN appearance. He was hilarious. Constantly trying to short buy, needling the nits at the table, etc. He took a brutal beat with class, didn't seem to tilt.

He had a diamond players card with someone else's name on it and was trying for at least 30 minutes to get the floor man to comp him cigarettes from that card, insisting it was his uncle's card. They declined.

He was a true hustler and seemed a lot smarter than I expected him to be. Clearly had a rough life, though.
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Old 09-19-2015, 12:30 AM   #159
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Because playing at that final table was the break of a lifetime for a guy who's been down and out the majority of his adult life. The easiest thing in the world would of been for him to just stay seated, play it out, and wait for the break to leave the table. Missing those hands at the final table of a LHE event(where the hands play out fast and the blinds are sky high) is giving up a disgusting amount of value. If you really needed me to explain that to you then there you go.
different game back then sonny
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Old 09-19-2015, 12:32 AM   #160
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lhe has no antes and also the sik metagame affects of not caring
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Old 09-19-2015, 12:50 AM   #161
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If anyone has more stories about Ellix, no mattah' how pointless they seem, please post. RIP Ellix.
I played $30/$60 LHE with him in reno during the wpc in 2005....he teased me when i tried to re-peek tell him (looking back at cards on a sss board with axss) and snap-mucked. I also remember him hustling for stakes during tournament. RIP
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:03 AM   #162
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wow, first i heard.. RIP Ellix. no more hustling... sleep.
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:45 PM   #163
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RIP Powers
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Old 09-20-2015, 06:04 AM   #164
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RIP. If I could fill a table with the poker players I'd most like to sit and gamble with, he'd be on it.
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Old 09-20-2015, 12:27 PM   #165
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I would always chat him up. He was a better player than most people think, and struggled with life as much as everyone assumed.

Him FTing the $5k LHE was no fluke, he had managed to stay off hard drugs that year according to his backer, and won him two nice scores in the runup to the WSOP. Then when his time came to shine, he didn't show up for the ESPN interview where they agreed to pay him $10,000 for his feel good story.

Unfortunately, the reason he didn't show up was drugs, and that is mostly likely responsible for his death. When not feeling the effects, Ellix was a kind, fun soul who loved people and poker. He never blamed any troubles of his on racism, even though by being black and homeless, he certainly got treated poorly often enough to drive any normal person insane.

I will miss Ellix. I will miss buying him lunch, and I will miss the smile he put on my face whenever he would trash talk...he only seemed to do it to people that I didn't like either. An uncanny reader of *******s.

RIP Ellix, you will be missed.
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Old 11-27-2015, 03:00 PM   #166
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Cool story in PokerNews. Played with him once, funny guy, RIP.

http://www.pokernews.com/news/2015/1...wers-23489.htm
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Old 12-01-2015, 04:58 PM   #167
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Can't believe he was not mensioned at the ME FT with devilfish and eskimo
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:08 PM   #168
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RIP buddy youll be missed
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Old 12-02-2015, 10:56 AM   #169
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Cool story in PokerNews. Played with him once, funny guy, RIP.

http://www.pokernews.com/news/2015/1...wers-23489.htm

great read
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Old 10-18-2018, 12:02 AM   #170
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A few years since his passing and I still think about him from time to time in that WSOP tourney. I never knew him, but through that episode on ESPN it kinda feels like I did. RIP Ellix, You where not forgotten...JACK HIGH!!!.
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Old 10-18-2018, 03:29 AM   #171
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:07 PM   #172
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Mod should please change thread title to RIP Ellix Powers, since we now know what happened to him.

I played limit holdem with him at the RIO during WSOP many years ago, probably '06ish, back when limit holdem was still widely spread during WSOP. He was a nice guy, played pretty tight but aggro when playing a pot.
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:48 PM   #173
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There was also another final table around that time where a few are since dead. I think it was the Thunder Keller table where both James Sousa and Eskimo Clark played. They both have since passed away. Watching those final tables back then were lots of fun. I seem to remember Sousa was pissed that Eskimo didn't shake his hand after he was knocked out. Then Sousa said when Eskimo wants something he is super nice to you.
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Old 10-19-2018, 05:10 PM   #174
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There was also another final table around that time where a few are since dead. I think it was the Thunder Keller table where both James Sousa and Eskimo Clark played. They both have since passed away. Watching those final tables back then were lots of fun. I seem to remember Sousa was pissed that Eskimo didn't shake his hand after he was knocked out. Then Sousa said when Eskimo wants something he is super nice to you.
Sousa had a great stretch at that table where he won about 8/11 hands while eating a shrimp cocktail - was inspired play
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Old 10-20-2018, 12:31 AM   #175
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Sousa had a great stretch at that table where he won about 8/11 hands while eating a shrimp cocktail - was inspired play
I also remember he bluffed his whole stack with 104 offsuit? The flop was JJ10 and Thunder had a Jack and called. But Martin de Knijff had J10 and then a 10 came on the turn and Thunder looked worried but then jumped up and celebrated when a blank hit the river. I think Matusow was cheering him on. Earlier I believe Sousa got Thunder to fold QQ when the flop was KK rag. Sousa shoved all in with 54 or something like that and Keller mucked and Sousa showed it lol.

I think it's safe to say that kind of play just doesn't happen anymore at key final tables. But it was fun to watch though.
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